Following the run of special presentations at the recent meetings it was more of a case of back to normal this evening meeting. However, the meeting did start with a talk from Vivienne from the Special Olympics who was promoting a special fire walk that will be held in Ballincollig on Thursday the 12th of December. This event is being organised by the Special Olympics and Juliet Murphy to raise much needed funds for the local Special Olympics organisations. Vivienne paid special tribute to Juliet for all of her efforts in raising substantial funds for the organisation over the years and those sentiments were echoed by the BBA.
A number of weeks ago some BBA members queried the fact that the signs on the by-pass for shopping in Ballincollig and promoting the free car-parking had been removed. The BBA contacted the local council office, however we have been informed that the by-pass is now under the control of the NRA and that such signs are not permitted on the road.
Not surprisingly the issue of the traffic lights raised its head again and it was suggested that the BBA talk with Sgt Brian Murphy about the possibility of having some lights turned off on the run up to Christmas. This issue had in fact been raised by Sgt Murphy when the Gardaí hosted the BBA a few weeks ago and we will be liaising with the Gardaí to see what measures can be implemented over the next few weeks.
This meeting was very much a house keeping meeting following the recent run of meetings held at member premises and attended by guest speakers.
A special drive for the retail promotion was made as the Christmas period approached. There has been good feedback in relation to the Festive lights and in particular the Christmas music on the PA is very popular with those doing business in Ballincollig.
This meeting was hosted by Michael O ’Flynn in his offices at Beckett House, Barrack Square between 6 and 7PM.
At this presentation Michael spoke about how he built O ‘Flynn Construction, it’s recent history and outline his thoughts on the future. Michael set out his concerns for the town as well as the opportunities that were there and all in attendance both enjoyed the talk and were enthused for the possibilities that exist for future and sustainable growth in the town.
Following the presentation the members had the annual Christmas drinks in Treacys Bar and were entertained into the night by the music of Emer Cassidy and John McNamara.